Need advice for infant seat
I'm expecting a boy in Sept. and I need to buy car seats. The Britax Marathon sounds impressive but the convenience of a seat and base like the Graco snug ride sounds good too. Neither of our cars is equiped with Latch. Any Advice?
07-23-2003 05:30 PM
i have two winter babies, one in november and the other born in december....i live in oregon and it does get chilly here in the winter so i used an infant base/carrier seat. my babies are big (10 lbs at birth) and they both outgrew the carrier seat by the time they were 4 months old. so if they'd been born in the summer, i would have been totally fine with a marathon that just stays in the car. i like to use a sling anyway for carrying the baby around outside the car away from home.
in the winter, though, it seems merciless putting a newborn baby in a carseat that's been outside in the car all night.
YES I am a certified CPS Technician...Internet advice is never
the same as having someone actually look at your seats, your kids, and your car. Have your seats CHECKED
by a Technician.
I really like the convenience of the infant seat. It gives you a place to hold the baby when you don't want to sling/front carry him (like in a restaurant) and as Bazanna said, it's nice to have the seat in the house where it's climate-controlled.
Some techs strictly prefer a rear-facing convertible seat because they mistrust the base part of the infant seat. I've queried a list of techs from across the country to find out if there have been any recent cases of an infant seat being thrown from the base in a crash and no one could come up with an example. I'm perfectly satisfied with their safety from that viewpoint, as long as the base is installed correctly and the infant seat is locked into the base each ride.
Infant seats also tend to fit newborns better, IMO. The Marathon's lowest harness slots are quite high and I doubt a newborn would fit properly in the seat (for a rear-facing child, the harness slots used must be at or below the baby's shoulders).
As for the LATCH issue, all car seats (infant seat bases included) manufactured beginning in Sept. 2002 must come equipped with LATCH connectors. Since your vehicles don't have LATCH, just tuck the connectors out of the way and use the regular vehicle seat belt.